Financial Assistance

Employment and Training Program

The Employment and Training Program operates on a fiscal year (October through September) and serves low-income Native Americans within the Osage Reservation by providing temporary employment and training activities. The goal of this program is to assist participants in becoming self-sufficient. We can provide services in the following areas:

  • Education Assistance (GED classes, Adult Education, Vocational Training, Occupational Training, Skills Training)
  • Employment Assistance (Employment Counseling, Job Search, Career Development, On-the-job training, Directly Job Placement)
  • Cash Assistance (General Assistance, TANF) depending upon need and eligibility.

For more information, please review the respective program policy:

Cash Assistance

  • General Assistance
  • TANF

Education Assistance

  • GED classes
  • Adult Education
  • Vocational Training
  • Occupational Training
  • Skills Training

Employment Assistance

Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Energy Assistance Program operates on a fiscal year (October through September) and serves low-income Native American households within the Osage Reservation (Osage County) by providing residential energy assistance and repair to heating/cooling unit. This program provides financial assistance applied to the energy bill and operates on a seasonal schedule; a heating season, cooling season and a Crisis.

Available Assistance:

  1. Heating Assistance is available from November 1st through March 31st, and may be awarded once each fiscal year

per applicant. The benefit includes payment for a utility that provides heat to the home. The utility can be propane, natural gas, or electric. The benefit also includes a space heater, an electric blanket and/or weatherization materials as funding permits.

  1. Cooling Assistance is available from April 1st through August 31st, and may be awarded once each fiscal year per applicant. The benefit includes payment for an electric bill. This benefit also includes an oscillating box fan and/or weatherization materials, as funding permits.
  2. Crisis Assistance is available throughout each year, and may be awarded once each fiscal year per crisis eligible applicant. This benefit provides either utility assistance or Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) repair/replacement for eligible homeowners, or HVAC system preventative maintenance. The program will provide an intervention that will resolve the energy crisis within 18 to 48 hours. The applicant must have used a regular heating or cooling benefit before applying for the crisis utility benefit.

Utility bills must be in the name of the applicant and the service address must match the address on the application. This program does not assist with disconnect, reconnect, or late fees. The program will not assist with utility deposits nor assist a utility account that has been disconnected. Utility bills must be submitted five (5) business days before the disconnect date. For more information please click the link below to read the full policy.

If you have any information about possible fraud, waste or the misuse of LIHEAP funds, please help us eliminate it by calling Health and Human Services Fraud Alert hotline 1-800-477-8477 or via their website or mail:

US Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Inspector General
ATTN: OIG HOTLINE OPERATIONS
PO Box 23489
Washington, DC 20026

Grocery and Household Assistance Program

This program will assist those affected by COVID-19 with food costs and necessity household items to help respond to the pandemic.

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The 𐓲𐓣 π“·π“˜π“»π“Άπ“¬π“£ Program operates on a fiscal year (October through September) and serves low-income Native Americans families, residing in the service area (Osage County). This program is designed to help families spend more time together as their children participate in sports, art initiatives and after-school activities. The total amount per family varies by the size of the family. Costs associated with sports, art initiatives and after-school programs may include, but not limited to: school clothing, school supplies, lunches, fees, equipment, uniforms, supplies, materials, and other related expenses.

Youth participants, Pre-K through 12th grade, must belong to a federally recognized tribe and the family unit income cannot exceed 200% of the Health & Human Services Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Families may participate in the following activities:

Brownies Girl Scouts Cub Scouts
Boy Scouts Gymnastics Tumbling
Martial Arts Boxing Ballet
School Supplies School Clothing Dance Classes
Cheerleading Softball Baseball
Soccer Football Camps
Golf Swimming 4-H
Workshop After-School Programs Otherβ€”with Director Approval